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RENTAL ROUNDTABLE IDENTIFIES INDUSTRY
CHICAGO, United States
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) says rental
fleets are older, third-party maintenance is increasing
and lower profits are being achieved on used equipment
Those issues were cited in a report,
released last week, from a rental roundtable
discussion conducted by the AEM late last
Some rental companies had reported that, to
keep renting aerial work platforms and telescopic
forklifts competitive with ownership, they had to age
fleets longer. The average replacement age of large
equipment was six to eight years, the AEM
Many rental companies were seeing an
increase in third-party maintenance business. One
company said its maintenance work increased 18 percent
in 2001. While it was not a substantial revenue earner,
it provided high-margin business.
used equipment had decreased substantially over three
years, the AEM said, but auctions were still seen as a
valuable equipment disposal method.
globalisation of the equipment rental business was
inevitable, it posed challenges now and in the
foreseeable future, the AEM found. Differing business
structures across borders would make global business
difficult for rental firms, as would government
regulations on exports from the USA.
companies were expanding their product ranges to include
more specialised, low-volume equipment, despite adding
little to overall profitability.
- AEM website -
CONSOLIDATION BIG ISSUE FOR MATERIALS
Consolidation, globalisation and the economy
are the largest factors currently shaping the materials
handling and logistics industries, says the Material
Handling Industry of America (MHIA).
In a speech
given at Promat 2003, which finished in Chicago on
February 13, MHIA executive chairman Wilbert Persch said
the MHIA expected a positive turn in the July-September
third quarter and continued growth in 2004, based on the
industrys rate of change and compared to various
Mr Persch said the MHIA, which sponsored
Promat, foresaw a recovery and improvement in bookings
throughout 2003, and expected use of the industrys
capacity to remain at about 76 percent. Capital spending
should improve four percent to five percent, industrial
output should improve 3.5 percent to 4.5 percent and
materials handling bookings should increase seven
percent to nine percent, Mr Persch said.
executive John Nofsinger said the USD60 billion industry
Materials handling and logistics,
when thought of as a process, remain at the core of
manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal
activities, and indeed at the heart of productivity,
MHIA, based in Charlotte, North
Carolina, USA, represents about 800 member
Promat website -
KALMAR WINS PAPER-HANDLER CONTRACT
Kalmar LMV Sverige has
signed a long-term rental fleet management contract with
Swedish paper manufacturer Assi Doman.
three-year agreement, reached late last month, includes
the rental and full maintenance of five new Kalmar
diesel forklifts and two electric forklifts. The
contract price was not revealed.
requires Kalmar to guarantee maintenance availability at
a predetermined cost, and holds it responsible for all
maintenance during the contract period.
- Kalmar website -
DARR BUYS CLARKLIFT WASHINGTON/ALASKA
WESTMINSTER, United States
LP has bought Clarklift of Washington/Alaska, Inc. The
purchase price was not released.
Darr will rename
the dealership, owned by Tom Caughell since 1982, to FMH
Material Handling Solutions, and will sell, service, and
rent Clark, Caterpillar, Daewoo, Linde, Big Joe, Drexel,
Donkey and Prime Mover materials handling products in
Washington and Alaska.
- Darr FMH website -
BIG DEAL FOR INDONESIAN CAT DEALER
forklift dealer Trakindo Utama has won a 17-machine
tender with Indonesian oil company Pertamina
A spokesman for Trakindo said other
tenderers included Toyota, Mitsubishi, Yale and Komatsu,
but Trakindo beat their quotes.
which were delivered in January, included 16 Caterpillar
DP25D-2SP30-SFT forklifts and one
The spokesman would not reveal
the value of the tender.
IRISH FORKLIFTS MARKETED IN THE USA
CLEVELAND, United States
manufacturer Aisle-Master has introduced its
articulated, narrow-aisle 44S and 44W gas forklifts to
the US market.
With a 67 horsepower LP gas
General Motors engine, the Aisle-Master gives operators
the versatility of operating indoors and out, which the
company says is new to the US market for forklifts in
With hydrostatic drive and cushion
tyres, the 44S and 44W can perform yard-handling tasks
over semi-rough terrain as easily as they handle narrow
aisle storage, the company said in a
The models feature capacities up to
4,400 pounds (two tonnes), lift heights up to 30 feet
(nine metres) and the ability to operate in aisles as
narrow as 78 inches (two metres).
articulated design allows the mast, forks and front
wheels to turn 180 degrees, meaning loads can be placed
on either side of an aisle without turning the forklift
around. A side-shifter is standard.
to being a workhorse in large facilities, it's truly a
general purpose vehicle and eliminates the need to have
both reach and counterbalance trucks," Aisle-Master
sales director Joe O'Brien said.
LUCKY ESCAPE AS FORKLIFT DROPS PROPANE
A city block could
have been levelled after a forklift dropped a 1,000
pound (454 kilogram) propane tank on February
Police evacuated a city block and cordoned it
off for more than an hour after gas began leaking from
the tank, a Calgary Herald report said.
stuff had ignited, it could have destroyed a whole
block, not a problem. It would have created one massive
fireball," said a Calgary Fire Department
It was not clear how the propane tank
cracked, but it was believed a worker was trying to move
it using a forklift.
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CASCADE HIRES JACOBS AS NEW TERRITORY
PORTLAND, United States
Corporation has hired Danny Jacobs as Territory Manager,
responsible for Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and
Jacobs has 27 years experience
in Material Handling sales and sales management, and
lives in the Memphis area with his wife, Lisa. He will
maintain a home office.
Jacobs replaces Ralph
Dixon, who was promoted to Regional Sales Manager,
overseeing Cascade's Territory Managers in central and
western USA. He will also maintain some Strategic
Accounts and serve central Arkansas as Territory
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- Cascade website -
BLIZZARD DISRUPTS BUSINESS
Lexington, Kentucky has been suffering from a
severe winter ice storm, which has caused an power loss
to Clark Material Handling Company from Sunday, Feb 16.
More than 70,000 residents have lost power, with
significant ice damage, falling trees, traffic lights
out, accidents, etc.
The Clark Parts Distribution
Center in Louisville, Kentucky is operating at normal
strength, however, the email ordering system has been
interrupted. All parts orders should be faxed to
502-966-2343. All Clark contacts will be notified as
soon as power is restored at Clark.
here for the full text of this release.
Wright-Patterson AFB OH,
Closing: 01 April 2003 TBA - Contract:
OVERHEAD TRAVELLING CRANES
Closing: 05 March 2003 4:00pm - Contract: CPV:
Closing: 24 March 2003 4:00pm - Contract: CPV:
LIFTING, HANDLING, LOADING OR UNLOADING
Angers Cedex, France
28 March 2003 5:00pm - Contract: CPV: 28213800,
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - LIFTING
March 2003 TBA - Contract: Document Number
(1) ONLY DEEP REACH FORKLIFT
Closing: 06 March 2003 10:00am - Contract:
NSLC Ref. GD-63-P-2002
ONE (1) ONLY COUNTER BALANCE
Closing: 06 March
2003 10:00am - Contract: NSLC Ref. GD-64-P-2002
RENTAL OF ROUGH TERRAIN FORKLIFTS TWO
April 2003 TBA - Contract: WK4GBW30160151
INSTALLATION SERVICES OF HANDLING
March 2003 TBA - Contract: CPV: 50952200
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